The Process of Growing Your Own Medicine
In response to a federal court ruling, Health Canada reintroduced “provisions for individuals to produce a limited amount of cannabis for their own medical purposes or to designate someone to produce it for them” as part of the Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations (ACMPR) last August.
First, a doctor’s note is required from your physician outlining your daily intake parameters.
This gets sent to Health Canada along with an 11 page registration form that details how and where you will be growing your medicine.
The number of plants you are allowed to grow directly correlates to the amount of daily dosage provided in your doctor’s prescription. Per 1 gram prescribed by your doctor, Health Canada allows up to 5 indoor or 2 outdoor plants to be grown.
Your application must also include landlord confirmation of awareness of your intention to grow on the premises and must not be in the vicinity of schools, playgrounds or generally anywhere kids under 18 would hang out.
The processing of your application generally takes a few months.
Once reviewed and approved the next step is getting Legal seeds, these are currently available only through Licensed Producers.
Once concern that will need to be addressed is how to ensure quality of the finished grown product since testing is currently quite costly and difficult to access.